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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2013
This has a long lasting, light tan colored head (well over an hour of staying power here. Pungent fruit and herbal hop aromatics are quite apparent. If you give the nose a moment to adjust to the prevelant hop character then you can notice the malt; slight biscuit notes, pale cracker like maltiness, and even a hint of rustic bread crumb (the technical bread definition) notes that has a bit of that grain sweetness.

The flavor has a solid, ample hop character to it: ample lychee, ripe tangelo zest, jellied guava, citrusy spruce tips, hints of candied pine, a light peppery herbal note, and a solid, though not biting (for an IPA at least), bitterness that definitely lingers on the palate. The malt character is clearly just a supporting role, it has just enough to support the huge hop character, and the beer isnít so dry that the concentrated fruit hoppiness is muted. The herbal side of the hops becomes a bit more noticeable after a short while. The body here has a light viscous character, and just a touch of chewiness to it; this extra body really helps to accentuate the hop fruit character, yet this is still quite quaffable as an IPA should be.

A very nice IPA, one which I am quite happy to purchase a growler of now. I really like the pungent, fruity, hop character here, I just canít resist.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1201) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
On tap at the High Desert Brewpub. Pours a light orange color with a nice off-white head and great lacing. The aroma is light pine and floral hops, pale malts and some bready yeast. The flavor is very well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The palate is medium to heavy, effervescent, and fizzy. Overall, this is a subdued and well made DIPA, with a good flavor and great mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1632) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draft a few years ago at the pub. Big orange pour, white head. Nice piney and resinous nose. Big malty flavors backed up fairly well with a grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop presence. Flavors work well together. Nice slight spice presence. Good stuff! Probably my favorite beer I tried down there...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3701) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
On tap ath the brewpub. Bright orange gold in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of pine, light citrus and grass with a hint of spicy hop notes. Taste is of pine, grass and a faint hint of mint.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 21, 2010
tap at brewpub-this is a pretty fresh batch of this beer however, i have had this beer before and it tasted way differently. pours deep copper/orange with a soapy small white head. nose is kind of wierd-a mix of piney hops, sweet malts and a really greeen/spicy/grassy note that recals noble hops? hmm noble hops in a DIPA? maybe so! flavors show these green hops with a healthy dose of sweet malt-alot of fresh cascade cones in the flavors. not very complex, but decent in its own right. The other versions of this beer i have had were much in line with say a very piney DIPA such as Moylans hopsicle. decent and will revisit with a different batch.


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